NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


October 11, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

D.C. POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED THEFT, INSURANCE FRAUD
Officer Charged With Submitting False Lost Wage Forms on Insurance Claim

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the indictment of Washington, D.C. Metro Police Officer James Wesley Warren, Jr., 33, on charges of insurance fraud and attempted felony theft. In the two-count indictment filed in Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Warren was charged with submitting false lost wage forms as part of an insurance claim arising out of a motor vehicle accident in Prince George’s County in 1999.

The indictment follows a joint investigation conducted by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State Police. If convicted of insurance fraud or attempted felony theft, Warren could be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.

"Insurance fraud may seem like a harmless crime, but it has serious and far-reaching effects," Attorney General Curran said. "Insurance fraud drives up the premiums paid by honest policy-holders who get stuck paying for somebody else’s crime."

An indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and every individual is presumed innocent until the charges are proven by the state. No trial date has been set.

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